It is easy to become dehydrated; especially in summer. Many people find water boring, or they just forget to drink it. Here are some simple recipes to satisfy that sweet tooth with sweet and healthy hydration.
Strawberry and Cucumber Flavored Water:
Place 8 ounces stemmed and thinly sliced strawberries and 1/2 thinly sliced English cucumber in a pitcher. Add 2 quarts of water. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the solids. Add fresh strawberries and cucumber slices for garnish and plenty of ice. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.
All Citrus Flavored Water:
Slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar, press and twist with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Press enough to release some of the juices, but don't pulverize the fruit into pieces. Fill the jar with ice. Pour in water to the top. Stir it with the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick. Put a lid on it, put it in the fridge, and chill.
Apple – Cinnamon Water:
Place 2 thinly sliced apples and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Add 2 quarts of water. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to allow the ingredients to infuse. Stir well and strain, discarding the solids. Add fresh apples and cinnamon sticks for garnish and plenty of ice. Refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bonus, this recipe can also help with blood sugar.
Pineapple, Kiwi and Passion Fruit Flavored Water:
Combine 1 cup chipped pineapple, 1 kiwi peeled and sliced, 2 passion fruit, seeds and pulp removed, 1.5 liters of water in a bottle or jug and let sit for 30 minutes to infuse.
*All recipes are courtesy of : The Food Network, Simple-Delicious-Food.com, Detoxinista.com, and the Yummylife.com